The 1971-72 Topps/O-Pee-Chee hockey set has always been a real favorite of mine. The cards are so bright, bold, colorful and perfectly '70s that I don't know of a hockey collector who doesn't enjoy them.
I really should have tried to tackle this set long ago, especially since the Topps version weighs in at a very manageable 132 cards. Well, 2017 is going to be the year where I really take a crack at this one. In anticipation of that, I snagged a couple of HOF Bruins from the set during Black Friday weekend over at COMC.
Johnny didn't really miss any significant chunk of time during any season between 1956 and 1976, and only began trailing off in games played during his final two years (age 41 and 42 seasons). The result was 556 career goals, all but 11 of which came in a Bruins sweater. Add to that multiple All-Star appearances, including First Team and Second Team nominations, Lady Byng and Lester Patrick trophies, and two Stanley Cup titles, and you've got a Hall-of-Famer for sure.
Gerry of course was a top-notch goaltender in his time, and was the man in net for both of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championships during the '70s. He played in the WHA for a while as well, and was enshrined in the Hockey HOF in 1985, four years after Bucyk got in.
Again, this one is in great shape. Perfect centering just like the Bucyk, which can be a real challenge with this set.
If you happen to have any cards from the '71-72 Topps hockey set laying around, I've got my want list up to date...
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